IS Big Beautiful?
First time on a Princess 'Royal class' ship and I was interested to compare this ship with the 'Crown class' ships I'd previously sailed on. Well I can confirm it's big, and although there were some pluses in the experience, for me, I felt the pros were just about outweighed by the cons. As usual embarkation (Elite) was seamless. Even the photographers respected our polite no thank you, although sadly they reverted to normal at the port gangways. Did not like being mauled by that Panda! Our cabin was great, although the balcony was a little small and our steward was excellent. I thought that storage space was far better than the smaller ships. Lifts. I don't need to use them but when I did I found that I needed to wait longer than on previous ships, particularly at peak times. Alfredo's. Wonderful! Particularly liked the small pasta dishes. Service was always excellent and the pizza was cooked to perfection. International cafe. Good. but not as good as previously.Friendly service at breakfast. pastries v.good. Not always possible to get waiter even when quiet but always managed to find one. Coffee card now electronic so you can't carry it over to next cruise but still great value. Some confusion over which line is for coffee and which is for food. A few people very grumpy if they feel you're jumping the line, particularly in the morning. Also a late breakfast can be very noisy due to events in the atrium. Walking the deck.On sea days I've got into the habit of an hour deck walk. Not easy on this ship. Previously I've walked Prom deck but this isn't really viable on Majestic. .Had to use upper decks which provided little shelter from the wind. ( Fortunately it was mostly dry). Elite perks. Mostly very good. Wife loves free laundry. One thing not as good. On past trips we were allowed to access the tenders by showing our cards at a time of our choosing. This didn't happen on this cruise. Yes, we had a separate waiting area and we probably got off the ship quicker than others but there was still a long wait. Dinning. World Fresh Marketplace Good variety of food and mostly excellent quality. Tea, coffee somewhat problematic with some machines empty or out of order. Didn't like the seating set up. Certainly not the place for a quite Lunch on a sea day Anytime Dining. It's a small thing but on my many previous Princess voyages I cannot recall an occasion when my water glass was allowed to empty. Not so on this ship. Service was inconsistent. Some of the waiters seemed to lack confidence, others didn't appear to pay attention to detail and on one night the waiter thought that he was auditioning for a comedy show! (He wouldn't have got the part). The food was comparable to other smaller ships. Captains Circle event. Better than anything we'd experienced before.: generous with drinks, relevant and mercifully short. Exceeded expectations. Theatre . Simply too small. Not happy about having to arrive over half an hour early to secure a seat. Missed some shows I'd have liked to see, due to this. Enrichment programme. Hoped that a larger ship would have a greater range but this was not the case. Flash sales, bingo, quizzes were the norm. The Moari Ambassadors were a shinning light in an otherwise unenlightening experience. Disembarkation. Late and a little chaotic. Maybe due to numbers? Did enjoy the itinerary. I would not discount using the larger ship again, but on balance, I would prefer a smaller one.. .
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